Beaufort will soon lose chief financial officer and assistant city manager Shirley Hughes, who said Wednesday she has accepted a new job in Nevada.
The manager of Boulder City, Nev., tapped Hughes to become that town's finance director, and the City Council unanimously approved the hiring at its meeting Tuesday, officials said.
Hughes called her time in Beaufort "a wonderful experience," but said she's excited to grow professionally and personally in a new location.
"It was an opportunity I felt would be a good fit for me," Hughes said Wednesday. "I love doing what I do, but in different areas of the country. ... I'm in a situation where my kids are grown up, it's just me and I can do it."
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Hughes has worked for Beaufort since July 2006 and makes $107,120, City Manager Scott Dadson said.
The Nevada job pays $114,600, Boulder City personnel administrator Bryce Boldt said earlier this week.
Hughes' final day with Beaufort is still unknown, Dadson said, and officials have no immediate plans on how to deal with her soon-to-be-vacant positions.
"Every time we've dealt with positions that have opened up, we always take some time to look at what's going on," Dadson said. "In the short term, we'll rearrange duties."
Dadson called Hughes a "wonderful asset to the city" who among day-to-day duties, played a large part in helping Beaufort significantly reorganize its financial books.
She also helped manage the project management costs of completing the city's new municipal complex on Boundary Street and reconciled disbursements between the city and Beaufort County, Dadson said.
"It will be a loss," he said. "I hate to see her go, but I'm also excited for her."
Mayor Billy Keyserling said Hughes was particularly good at planning and forecasting, and with other officials, has helped Beaufort weather the economic downturn better than many other cities throughout the country.
"I think she in tandem with (comptroller Mack Cook) really took the city to a higher level of finances," Keyserling said.